Classroom Opportunities

1. “Dream Big Sustainability challenge” Program

Summary: This day long program combines the IMAX “Dream Big-Engineering our World” with a series of sustainability challenges that combine curricular and core competencies (ADST, creative and critical thinking, communication and personal and social responsibility) as they work in teams to try to design and share more sustainable options for the future.

Who: Grades 6-8

When: Throughout the month of May 2019

Registration: First come first served. Please complete the registration link below to indicate the dates that may work for your class.

What: The students start the day by viewing the IMAX film and then are given a variety of challenges in which they will try to design more sustainable options to some of our current technology. They will finish the day by sharing their ideas to the other classes which allows them to demonstrate their learning as well as gives them a chance to learn from others. There will be three classes taking part per day throughout the month of May and we are trying to ensure that your class gets to share their work with similar age students from other schools.

 

 

2. Get Outside and Learn

Summary: Do you ever wish you had the opportunity to get together with like-minded educators from throughout the district? The Sierra Club of BC is hosting their second year of these sessions to bring educators together and provide resources and opportunities to support your work.

Who: Grades K-12

What: This initial gathering will serve as an opportunity to meet and connect with other teachers in School Districts 61, 62 and 63 who are interested in outdoor learning, to share ideas and inspiration, and to have some fun!  We’ll also be asking for your input on what the upcoming gatherings might look like.

Deadline: First session is January 30 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Marigold Elementary school.

Further information: Please contact James Davis (james@sierraclub.bc.ca)  from the Sierra Club to register or to get more information

3. BCSEA Youth Involvement Project

Summary: Do you work with students that may be interested in learning about new opportunities in industries that are based on sustainable development? Do you have students that are looking to connect with businesses for volunteer experiences for their graduation requirements? Then this is for you.

Who: Grades 9-12

What: The BC Sustainable Energy Association Victoria Chapter has connections with local businesses that are looking for opportunities to share what they do with your students. The BCSEA will come and present some of the opportunities for sustainable development that are available in the Greater Victoria area and then share potential connections that your students may be able to make to get on the ground experiences. with these organizations

Contact: Please contact Rafe Sunshine at victoria@bcsea.org for more information or to book a presentation for your students

Further information: https://www.bcsea.org/chapters/victoria

4. Healthy Living Grants Database

Summary: Did you know that there is a website that will give you information and links to a variety of funding opportunities? Whether it is for field trips, school projects, or community projects there are opportunities for a variety of initiatives. Definitely worth checking out!

Who: Grades K-12
What: Various funding opportunities from public and private sources
Deadline: Varied
Further information: https://healthyschoolsbc.ca/healthy-schools-bc-resources/healthy-living-grants.aspx

5. Sierra Club Programs (K-12)

We are pleased to announce that Sierra Club BC is now accepting requests for our nature-based workshops during the 2018/19 school year.Continue reading to find out more about our offerings for the coming year and how you can submit a request to have one of our environmental educators to visit your school.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer and are safe from the wildfires that are affecting many folks and ecosystems across the province. I recently returned from three days in beautiful Pacheedaht territory, where I was lucky enough to pay my first visit to Kaxi:ks, also known as the Walbran Valley. The amazing old growth trees that I spent time with last week helped to remind me why I do this sort of work and how important it is for children and youth to have opportunities to build relationships with the landscape around them.

We are gearing up for another school year and Kirsten and Amira, our Environmental Educators, will soon be back from their summer break and are excited to start working with students and teachers at schools across the province again. Back in the spring a local environmental education consultant conducted an evaluation of our programming and we’re thrilled with her feedback that our programming is exemplary overall. We are also grateful for the suggestions she gave us for improvements and look forward to testing out refined versions of our workshops this fall.

After a successful pilot project during the spring, we are also excited to again offer French language versions of our Nature and Play (Kindergarten) and Lifecycles and Ecosystems (Grades 1-2) workshops!

Our online workshop request form is now live on our website. Just head over to https://sierraclub.bc.ca/education/k-8-going-wild-programs to read our workshop descriptions and then click on the “Request a Workshop” button to fill out the form.

Please note that we have decided to wait until January 2019 to offer our Climate and Place (Grades 6-8) workshop. This will allow classes enough time to build trust among students and thus create a safer space for discussing what can often feel like an overwhelming topic. Feel free to request a Climate and Place workshop now, but please understand that we will not be scheduling these workshops until the new year.

6. Educator Preview Events at IMAX Victoria

Educators are invited to a free preview screening of our two new films at IMAX Victoria, ‘Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D” and “The Story of Earth”. These screenings are a chance for you to see the films, get inspired about the ways they could compliment your curriculum plans and ask questions of the IMAX and Royal BC Museum Staff regarding learning opportunities.

Please use the registration form below to sign up for these free screenings. Please note that advanced registration is REQUIRED and space is limited. The registration form will be updated once capacity is reached, and a wait list will be taken.

‘The Story of Earth’ Screening
Thursday, September 20th
Reception with IMAX and The Royal BC Museum: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Film: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

‘Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D’ Screening
Thursday, October 4th
Reception with IMAX and The Royal BC Museum: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Film: 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Please note you are welcome to bring up to TWO guests with you, who could be colleagues, friends, family or children.  A maximum of 2 admissions outside of yourself will be allowed, but additional tickets will be available for purchase at the Box Office for both screenings.

REGISTER HERE

Can’t make it on these dates? That’s okay! We have an Educator Preview Program where you can apply to have admission vouchers mailed to you for use at your convenience. Apply HERE>